View of Grainau, GermanySecond International Conference on Climate Impacts Assessment (SICCIA)

June 28-July 2, 2004
Grainau, Germany


Using seasonal forecasts to make better decisions. Assessing vulnerability to climate change. Stakeholder-driven research. These are a few of the themes of the SICCIA, which will provide an opportunity to compare approaches to impacts assessment, to advance the state of knowledge of regional assessments, and to support efforts by developing countries to use seasonal forecasts and assess impacts of climate variability and change.

IMPORTANT:  If you need a visa to attend the workshop, see the instructions below.  Deadline for requests: May 17, 2004.


  • To compare approaches in assessing impacts of climate variability and change on a regional scale, including the interpretation and use of seasonal forecasts, regional climate modelling and the integration of various disciplinary investigations of climate change.
  • To advance the state of knowledge and methods of regional assessments, including research design, overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary research, and translating research into action.
  • To support efforts by developing countries and former east-bloc countries including the EU-ascension states to assess impacts of climate variability and change.
  • To complement and influence wider assessment activities like IPCC and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

The Conference Format will include

  • invited lectures
  • submitted oral presentations
  • submitted poster presentations
  • panel discussions
  • break-out and roundtable sessions
  • opportunity for informal conversations and networking


  • Eibsee Hotel in Grainau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is a 4-star hotel with many amenities including stunning lake and mountain views, hiking, swimming, and tennis.
  • The hotel is 100 km from Munich airport. Take the DB train (20 EUROS) two hours from Munich airport, via Munich center to Garmisch; then take a taxi (23 Euros) to Eibsee Hotel. Or you can continue on the Zugspitzbahn line or bus to Eibsee.


Conference registration

  • USD 160 (approx. EUR 130) until 15 April 2004
  • USD 210 (approx. EUR 170) from 16 April until 14 June

Hotel room and board

  • EUR 131.50 per day for a single room (EUR 82 for the room + EUR 49.50 meals and conference)
  • EUR 105.50 per person per day for a shared room (EUR 56 + EUR 49.50)
  • EUR 20.50 3-course dinner for accompanying persons
  • EUR 14.50 buffet lunch for accompanying persons


  • Fellowship application: 1 March 2004 (we are no longer accepting applications)
  • Abstract deadline: 15 April 2004
  • Early registration deadline: EXTENDED to 17 May 2004
  • Room reservation (recommended): 10 May 2004, hotel can still take reservations after this date. Mention SICCIA.
  • REQUESTS FOR LETTER OF SUPPORT for VISA: 17 May 2004.  To obtain a letter of support, you MUST completely fill in a registration form; be sure to state your reasons for attending and provide a fax number or mailing address of the embassy to which you want the letter sent.
  • Late registration deadline: 14 June 2004


A draft conference program is available. 

We are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations.  To submit an abstract, write the title, your name and contact information, and 1-2 paragraphs describing your intended presentation.  Submit your abstract  by e-mail or fax (+1 206 616 5775) to Kathryn Vinson.

First International Conference on Climate Impacts Assessment

The first conference on regional climate impacts assessments, held in Italy in September 2002, drew participants from 22 countries including 12 developing countries. It was a valuable opportunity for mature research groups and assessment teams to share experiences with participants from less developed countries. For more information, visit the web site for the first conference.

Organizing committee

  • Philip Mote, University of Washington, USA (chair)
  • Wolfgang Cramer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research, Germany
  • Manfred Lange, University of Munster, Germany
  • Amy Snover, University of Washington, USA
  • Brent Yarnal, Pennsylvania State University, USA


  • NOAA Office of Global Programs
  • Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • US National Science Foundation